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President's Column 114 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND LIBRARIES | SEPTEMBER 2006 B eing president of a dynamic organization like LITA is truly a humbling experience. Every day I am awestruck by the dedication, energy, creativity, and excitement exhibited by LITA’s members. I see it in everything that LITA does, from its stellar publications and communications—including this journal, ITAL—to its programming and contribution to standards and system development. None of this would be possible without the hard work of all the dedicated members who volunteer their time not only to advancing their own professional development, but also to advancing the profession. Thank you all. For forty years now, LITA members have been dedicated to the association’s work, and we have been celebrating our fortieth anniversary throughout 2006. The celebration continues as we prepare to convene in Nashville for the ninth LITA National Forum, October 26– 29, 2006. LITA has had a long tradition of providing quality conferences. The first, held in 1970, was the Conference on Interlibrary Communications and Information Networks, more familiarly known as the “Airlie Conference,” which had published proceedings. The second was a cooperative effort held in 1971 with the Library Education Division and the American Society for Information Science (ASIS), entitled “Directions in Education for Information Science: A Symposium for Educators.” In later years, LITA held three national conferences: Baltimore (1983), Boston (1988), and Denver (1992). In 1996, LITA and the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) held a joint conference in Pittsburgh. While the national conferences were very successful, the idea of a more infor- mal, intimate event to be held annually took form, and in 1998 LITA held its first annual National Forum. Next year we will continue the tradition of successful conference programming as we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the LITA National Forum

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